Finding and buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle is a process that can’t be rushed. This is a purchase that can potentially redefine your day-to- day experiences, your independence and the lives of those around you. That’s why taking the time to learn the right, and best, way to shop for a mobility vehicle is so important. Below are four steps to take when you’re ready to purchase a wheelchair van or car that will ensure you drive away in a vehicle that is absolutely perfect for you.
Research Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles
Just like any vehicle search, shopping for a new (or used) wheelchair accessible van or car starts with getting to know what’s out there. When it comes to choosing a mobility vehicle, there is much more to consider than looks and luxury features; it’s about how the vehicle will fit into, and improve, your lifestyle. There are several minivan options, including side entry vs. rear entry, lifts vs. ramps, etc. SUV and car mobility vehicles are also available new and used. During this step, you should familiarize yourself with the vehicle conversions that would address your everyday needs, as well as those of anyone else who will ride or drive your vehicle.
Search for NMEDA Dealers Near You
When it comes to wheelchair accessible vans, SUV’s and cars, where you make your purchase can make all the difference. NMEDA Quality Assurance Program (QAP) dealers are accredited, knowledgeable and expertly trained in every aspect of the mobility industry, making them an invaluable resource for caregivers, persons with disabilities and anyone searching for transportation. Whether you’re sure of what type of vehicle you would like to purchase, or you are just starting the process, finding and contacting a NMEDA dealer near you can help you get on the road to independence.
Meet with a CDRS
Picture yourself on the open road, behind the wheel of a vehicle designed to suit your needs—learning to drive with a disability can be a little challenging at first, but it is equally as rewarding. It all starts with consulting a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist for an evaluation of your driving abilities. They will be able to “prescribe” you the precise equipment you will need to drive safely and comfortably, as well as provide driving lessons with the mobility equipment.
Know Your Financing Options
Shopping for a new wheelchair accessible vehicle is quite a big investment, both in terms of time and money. Your budget plays a huge role in the kind of mobility equipment you purchase and how you’ll make payments. Fortunately, there are a variety of financing and funding options for mobility vehicles that can make affording your ideal vehicle a reality. From manufacturer rebates to VA grants and long-term financing loans, you have options, and a NMEDA dealer can help you choose the right one.
If you need more information on purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact a NMEDA dealer. No matter where you are in your decision process, they are there to help.
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our Quality Assurance Program mobility equipment dealers.